Covid-19. Corona Virus. WuFlu. Whatever you want to call it, it is affecting you. No more hiding from it, it’s everywhere and has impacted you.
I live in the United States, in the Texas Panhandle. Even here we now have 3 confirmed cases, and no doubt there will be more. In my own family, my 2 children and niece are now without work because of the virus. My own job is unknown at this time. My husband lost his job as well. For us, it’s the economic side that is going to hurt us the most.
What should we do? Should we panic? Should we buy all the supplies up as soon as we find them? Should we worry that we will lose our house, our cars? Will we starve? Where will our next meal come from? And don’t forget the more simple things like, I miss my friends! I want to go out to eat! My internet is slow, how can I binge watch my shows?
I was inspired to write this post because of The St. James Tearoom instagram post speaking of the phrase, “Keep Calm and Carry On.”
“In London, during the Blitz, when the city was being bombed, night after night, when citizens had to be ready at the sound of the sirens to rush to the nearest bomb shelters, sleep in the underground transportation tunnels, when they had to carry their gas mask with them wherever they went (even the children), when children were being separated from their families and sent to live with strangers in the countryside… this became the maxim that made all the difference: “Keep calm and carry on.” Hitler was convinced his policy of nightly bombing would cause the people to rise up and demand an end to the war. The city made it through this dangerous, dark time, and helped to defeat the enemy by their calm courage, persistent grit, and determination.”
I decided to channel that British spirit, make some English Breakfast Tea in my Brown Betty Teapot and write this post to hopefully encourage you.
We are living in alarming times. Moment by moment things are changing. More schools and business are ordered to close. In the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave, this does not sit well with many people. We are used to our freedoms and liberties.
During the unknown future, may we remember to “Keep Calm and Carry On!” Let’s remain calm in the face of adversity. But how?
First, look to history. How many things has our country overcome in the past and came out stronger on the other side? Look to your own history. What in your own life was a major trial, and you came through it, stronger? I have plenty of examples.
How can you be sure it will get better? Honestly, it might get worse first, but it will get better. And even if it does get worse, we can have peace during these unsettling times. Because God.
The Bible is full of hope, even in the midst of trouble and trials.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. Psalm 95:19
I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. Psalm 27:13-14
Yes, it is hard to fight the flesh, but with God, you can. He does not want us to worry or be fearful. Use this time to turn your thoughts to God. Read more of your Bible. Pray. He loves us and cares for us. We were not promised an easy life, but we are promised He will never leave us. Fight the desire to give in to your fears.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
My prayer is that as a country and as a world, believers will rise up and shine brightly for Jesus. May we as brothers and sisters in Christ show love and support of our fellow man. May we share our supplies as well as the hope we have. May we be united in our faith as we glorify Jesus in crisis. May we point others to Jesus with our words, thoughts and actions.
If you do not know Jesus or have questions about this hope that I have, please message me. I am not a scholar, but a child of God. I will point you to the Hope I have. Read the book of John first. Then read the book of Romans. Reach out and ask God to open your mind. He will give wisdom to those who ask.